Phish Begins Two Night Stand In Alpharetta – Setlist, Video & The Skinny

By Andy Kahn Oct 21, 2016 8:47 pm PDT

Phish returned to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, Georgia Friday night for the first of two shows at the outdoor venue where they first appeared at in 2010 and last played in 2014. The first set saw several songs from the band’s recently debuted newer repertoire and the six-song second set came strong with standout sections of improvisation.

A tightly woven rendering of “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing” opened the first set. Guitarist Trey Anastasio then fired up “AC/DC Bag” and the Gamehendge song settled into a rocking pocket before segueing into “Get Back On The Train.” Drummer Jon Fishman supplied the song’s steady pulse for Anastasio solo over while Page McConnell countered on piano. Fish then set the rumbling rhythm of “Blaze On” which quickly shifted to a dark and dirty burst of improvisation led by the thundering notes of bassist Mike Gordon and Trey’s distorted guitar tones. The subsequent “Sugar Shack” was telegraphed by Anastasio running through his solo prior to the start of the Gordon-sung tune.

McConnell’s twangy “Things People Do” arrived next for just the fourth live performance of the Big Boat ditty. A swiftly delivered “Birds Of A Feather” came before the Big Boat outtake “Mercury,” which Anastasio recently revealed disappointment over producer Bob Ezrin’s decision to keep off the band’s new LP. It appeared Fish’s Marimba Lumina was malfunctioning during one of the song’s multiple parts, but it didn’t hinder an otherwise nicely executed rendition. Another Big Boat leftover, “Let’s Go” (which Mike had championed but Ezrin said no to) came out for just its second time after debuting earlier this summer. The romping bar rocker “Alaska” came ahead of the second Phish performance of “More.” The Big Boat track once again closed the first set, just as it did when it was debuted at the tour opener in North Charleston, South Carolina.

“Down With Disease” assumed its often utilized role as set two opener, and the common jam vehicle was soon driving toward a joyously upbeat and rocking portion of group improvisation. The foursome settled into an arena rock groove featuring Page’s swirling organ runs and Trey’s chunky riffs, later transitioning to a melodically angular segment with the keyboardist jumping to piano and other synths in his setup. Deep into the jam Anastasio moved to the now-functioning Marimba Lumina, pushing the synth-y vibe even further. Moments later the guitarist was back in place leading the quartet through the hard hitting “Carini” which opened up into a patiently developed sequence of restrained improvisation.

The tender jam was interrupted by the start of the mid-tempo “Winterqueen.” The opening notes of “Ghost” were warmly received as the funky favorite provided another avenue to four-way spontaneity. Trey laid out a classic rock riff that the other three latched onto as more focused jamming ensued, ultimately building to a dazzling, tension-filled peak. Old standby “Possum” injected another dose of good time energy into the set. Another of the band’s oldest songs, “Slave To The Traffic Light,” brought the second set to a captivating end. The first and only cover of the evening, The Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup” took up the encore position.

Phish returns to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park tomorrow night, a webcast is available via Watch “Down With Disease” and “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing” from tonight’s webcast below:

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The Venue

Ameris Bank Amphitheatre [See upcoming shows]


7 shows — 07/03/2010, 07/04/2010, 06/14/2011, 06/15/2011, 07/16/2013, 07/17/2013, 08/03/2014

The Music

11 songs / 8:13 pm to 9:31 pm (78 minutes)

7 songs / 10:06 pm to 11:26 pm (80 minutes)

18 songs / 17 originals / 1 cover


7.33 [Gap chart]


A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, AC/DC Bag, Sugar Shack, Birds of a Feather, Let's Go, Alaska, Slave to the Traffic Light, Loving Cup

Let's Go - LTP 07/21/2016 (24 Show Gap)

Down With Disease - 21:40

Things People Do - 2:43

Hoist - 1, The Story of the Ghost - 2, Farmhouse - 1, Undermind - 1, Joy - 2, Fuego - 1, Big Boat - 3, Misc. - 6, Covers - 1

The Rest

58° and Clear at showtime


Venue Capacity: 12,000

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